The decision to use convicted batterer Chris Brown as a central attraction for the BET Awards was a tremendous setback for victims of domestic abuse, which is the leading cause of premature death among Black women between the ages of 15 and 44.
How can we expect the young bright minds in the black community offers to combat these ever increasing racial realities if the intellectual arsenal of books and authors that were once heralded as crucial to ones personal edification become relics?
Height's style was punctuated by her hats, articulation, dignity and grace, but for those in the civil rights world it was her tenacity and lifelong dogged belief in the promise of American equality that made her stand out.
Many are divided on whether the president's doing enough for black people. But the black agenda is one for everyone within the black community, not just the president or certain black leaders, to address.
Black political strategy is not yet able to play the leveraging game on both sides of the aisle. But as the Democratic Party gets too stifling, Black politicos will go Independent or find elbow room in the GOP.